Why “Sola Fide” or By Faith Alone to Obtain Salvation Does Not Hold Water

Taken from Revelation 14:20 is a clear example Why “Sola Fide” or By Faith Alone to Obtain Salvation Does Not Hold Water

Verse 20: And the winepress was trodden outside the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even to the bridles of the horses, for the space of a thousand, six hundred stadia (Rev 14:20)

“And the winepress was trodden”. In the previous verse, the clusters of grapes which signify LOVE and CHARITY were cast into the “winepress”. Or what is the same love to God and love to man. Or what is the same again how well did the Christian adhere to the 2 tablets of the Ten Commandments while in the world?. The pressure of the winepress applied (“trodden”) reveals what was the LOVE of their lives? Was their heart pointed to the love of God and His Kingdom or the love of themselves and the world? This applies to the church as a whole as well to the individual Christian. This is very much like the story told in the Book of Job in the Old Testament. Job was thrown into the “winepress” of pressure and pain. The purpose was to reveal what was in the deepest part of his heart?. It was revealed and then openly exposed. For through the pressure of the “winepress” the “fruit” is either LOVE of SELF or LOVE of GOD. In this verse, it will surface, be measured and judged by the Lord. And this can only be done by the Lord through his WORD (“who is worthy to open the seal?).

This is judgment. This is sorting and separation. This is why the Book of Revelation foretells the closing out of the old church dispensation and the beginning of a new church. “And I saw a new heaven (church in heaven) and a new earth (church on earth). For the first heaven (church in heaven) and the first earth (church on earth) had passed away. And the sea no longer is”. Rev 21:1. May I say that of all the church dispensations that have existed on earth, this new church is the crown glory of the Lord Jesus Christ. It was His passion of the cross. It is the reason He came. The potter forms and shapes the vessel to contain His glory forever. Amen.

For the Lord clearly said; “Go in through the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many there are who go in through it” Matthew 7:13

This is why the doctrine of faith plus grace plus nothing to obtain salvation does not hold water. Or what is held in the reformed church today “Sola Fide” translated means “by faith alone”. The WORD clearly teaches it takes a constant act and effort on our parts to obtain salvation. Although on our own we can do nothing, it is through the “blood” (TRUTH of the WORD) and the “cross” (the LOVE of GOD) we find the power to truly obtain our salvation.

“Therefore, my dear ones, as you have always obeyed [my suggestions], so now, not only [with the enthusiasm you would show] in my presence but much more because I am absent, work out (cultivate, carry out to the goal, and fully complete) your own salvation with reverence and awe and trembling (self-distrust, with serious caution, tenderness of conscience, watchfulness against temptation, timidly shrinking from whatever might offend God and discredit the name of Christ)” Philippians 2:12 AMP.

For as the Lord Jesus told each one of the seven churches;

“To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me in My throne, even as I also overcame and have sat down with My Father in His throne” Revelation 3:21

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Why is Jesus Coming on a “Cloud” 10.05.2017 Leslie Lyons

Why is Jesus Coming on a “Cloud” 10.05.2017 Leslie Lyons

“And I looked, and behold, a white cloud. And on the cloud sat one like the Son of man, having a golden crown on His head, and a sharp sickle in His hand” Revelation 14:14.

As I have been again crawling my way through my Bible study of the book of Revelation I have reached the 14th chapter. I came to a complete standstill. A mental block. Why is it told Jesus would appear on a “cloud”. As a backdrop, I have been (and called to be) a student of Emanuel Swedenborg for nearly 20 years. He was a Bible scholar, commentator, and mystic. As he said the WORD (Bible) is the ultimate, supreme, highest in order revelation of our God. Without it, the church on earth could not exist. So, Swedenborg, the man is not my inspiration, but as a teacher “making disciples of all nations”. Or as Paul said he sat “at the feet of Gamaliel”. But only God can give truth, life, and revelation to His Word. Amen.

So the point is Swedenborg said that in every word, dot and title there is a natural meaning (i.e. historical, prudence, wisdom, truth) but hidden (and cloaked) within that natural meaning is a spiritual meaning. For Jesus clearly taught that the church on earth is intrinsically connected to the church in heaven (Mat 6:10). Where else do you think our dear old saints go when they pass? To sit on clouds and strum lyres? No. They are transformed into angels of light. Promoted to the congregation of heaven so to speak. The angels in heaven also read the same WORD, but they can only understand it and see it delights in the spiritual sense. For they dwell in a spiritual realm and not a natural realm as we do.

Having said all that, the one word that had me stumped was “cloud”. In the Old Testament, it is found in 79 verses. In the New Testament, it is found in 15 verses. In Revelation: “And I looked, and behold, a white cloud. And on the cloud sat one like the Son of man, having a golden crown on His head, and a sharp sickle in His hand” Rev 14:14.

So to paraphrase, Jesus is coming back to earth on a “white cloud”. The second coming of the Lord. The great harvest. The most anticipated event in the history of the Christian church. Awwh, but how does the congregation of heaven see and comprehend this Biblical verse? I am not the brightest bulb in the pack, but I will share the conclusions that I have reached.

Strong’s OT Dictionary H6051 “cloud” essentially means to cover or cloud over. To obscure. Another “cloud” is H5645, essentially means “darkness”. The NT Strong’s “cloud” G3507 is cloudiness or essentially to obscure. But Revelation verse 14 says the Lord is returning on a “white cloud”. Strong’s NT word “white” G3022 = “Light”. So, one word, “cloud” suggests darkness, one word, “white” suggests brilliant light. So I needed to examine light and color as a Biblical subject for further examination and to clarify this apparent contradiction of terms.

Swedenborg for many years held Sweden’s most important cabinet post as director of mines. For we know on this earth there are three kingdoms. The animal kingdom, the plant kingdom, and the mineral kingdom. As a brilliant scientist, Swedenborg had an exquisite knowledge of minerals. I myself worked nearly 20 years as a commercial optical mineralogist. I can tell you the geometry, mathematics, and physics of mineral structures is astounding beyond comprehension. But the main tool of an optical mineralogist is determining and associating color wavelengths and properties of light. So I looked up and researched Swedenborg’s spiritual theory of colors.

The Apostle John is shown the “Holy Jerusalem”, The New Church

“And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald; the fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, topaz; the tenth, chrysoprasus; the eleventh, hyacinth; the twelfth, amethyst” Rev 21:19-20.

In one of the most precious and beautiful verses found in the Bible, we are given a glimpse of the mineralogy of heaven. Each stone representing the perfection of the Lord Jesus, and of His kingdom.

Returning to the theory of colors this is what was revealed to Emanuel Swedenborg by the angels sent to instruct him;

“There are two colors in general, which shine forth in precious stones, the color red and the color bright white; the other colors, as green, yellow, blue, and many others, are composed of them (red & white), by means of black; and by the color red is signified the good of love, and by the color bright white is signified the truth of wisdom.

The reason why red signifies the good of love is because it derives its origin from the fire of the sun, and the fire of the sun of the spiritual world is in its essence the Divine love of the Lord, this the good of love; and the reason why the color bright white signifies the truth of wisdom is because it derives its origin from the light which proceeds from the fire of that sun, and that proceeding light
is in its essence the Divine wisdom, thus the truth of wisdom”. Apocalypse Explained 915.

So to recap, all colors are composed spiritually by means of pure red and pure white shaded by degrees of the color black. This is the key to the paradox of “white” and “cloud” found in Rev 14:14. The word “cloud” represents the WORD and how it has been/being received by the church in the earth. As discussed “cloud” in the original language is “darkness”. And darkness (black) is formed by lack of “light”, or what is the same principle spiritually, the TRUTH (truth of wisdom). But thanks be to God, Jesus is coming on a “white cloud”. This is because through the church on earth the TRUTH has been obscured by a “cloud” of errors. He is bringing with Him the color bright “white”. The true King, Judge, and Deliverer will appear to dissipate that “cloud”, exposing the TRUE reflection (“white light”) of the LOVE of God (“pure red”).

The Church of Jesus Christ Needs to Realize it is under Grave Judgment

Truly the church on earth has to take on the attitude of the church found in Berea;

“And these were more noble than those of Thessalonica, in that they received the Word with all readiness of mind and searched the Scriptures daily to see if those things were so” Act 17:11.

We need to be more like the brethren in Berea. For the church on earth to be re-connected to the Lord and the church in heaven, we need to reopen the scrolls. We need to open our hearts and minds, close ranks and discard egos and old ideas. We need to “search the Scriptures daily” to receive light and revelation because our eternal lives and our world depend on it. Chaos and evil are constantly struggling to gain a foothold. For a “cloud” of obscurity and darkness is something the church of Jesus Christ has no business being involved in!

“And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to each according as his work is” Rev 22:12.

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The Patience of the Saints – Revelation 14:12-13

Verse 12: Here is the patience of the saints. Here are the ones who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus (Rev 14:12)

In 14:9-11 we see the sad condition of those who live “by faith alone”. This a picture of unrepentant sin. Now in this verse is shown of those “who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus”.

What is “the commandments of God”? It is what is told in Exodus; “And He gave to Moses, when He had made an end of speaking with him upon Mount Sinai, two tablets of the testimony, tablets of stone, written by the finger of God” Exo 31:18. This is what we know as the Ten Commandments. The holiest and most powerful document ever seen on earth. This moral code is written on the hearts of every human since antiquity. This is what is called the human conscience. But it also has been given to us through the written word of the “Book” or the Holy Bible. It is the gold standard of LOVE from and for the kingdom of God.

This is why it is so important for Christians (“saints”), and non-Christians to put it upon themselves to adhere to and follow these simple moral rules. As we know, one tablet is moral conduct toward God. And the other tablet is moral conduct toward our neighbor. This takes a serious concerted effort on our part to do our part. Because we at our core are nothing but selfish evil. We are prone to selfish lusts and desires to be found in the world. And the root of these is our SELF. This is our struggle, this is our battle as Christians to overcome SELF. In this verse, it is called “the patience of the saints”.

For it is in “that old rugged cross”, the emblem of suffering and shame that this patience is found. For we are following in the foot steps of our Master, the Lord Jesus Christ. This is “the faith of Jesus”. It is only through the blood (the WORD) and through the cross (LOVE of God) are we able to overcome. And these two attributes of God, LOVE and TRUTH are deeply reflected in “the commandments of God”. This is the moral foundation of heaven. The church on earth was created to reflect God’s love toward this foundation.

This is the keystone and message of the Book of Revelation. The reformed church says “Sola Fide”, grace plus faith plus nothing is our salvation into the kingdom of God. But this is so far from the truth it is astonishing. For it says here in 14:12 behold, look and see “Here are the ones who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus”. Almost like the Lord Jesus is saying, “these ones here have followed my example and teachings while I was on earth”. As we saw in Chapter 1 when Jesus greeted the seven churches of Asia, He said to each one “I will give”. This is clearly a reward for those who “who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus”. We have our part in working out our salvation.

“Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” Php 2:12 KJV.

This is in direct opposition and contradiction to “Justification by faith alone”. This is the doctrine of “the beast” discussed earlier. This is why it is so offensive. It goes against everything that Jesus taught and lived by while taking on human form on the earth. We and they have missed the mark. The LOVE and TRUTH of our Lord have been obliterated like a dark overcast day. So in 14:9-11 we see the sad condition of those who live “by faith alone”.

But here in 14:12 we see the haggard, frazzled and weary “saints”. They are the ones who Jesus commends for their “patience”. They have kept the commandments and followed the example of Jesus. They have as the Apostle Paul said;

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith” (“of Jesus”) 2Ti 4:7.

Hot diggity dog! What a blessed day that will be! No wonder the pugnacious apostle fought the good fight! He did not get into the boxing ring to sit on the couch and wait for the door to eternity to open up. No, he fought to overcome the world, the flesh and the devil within. And while he was engaged in that, in the back of his mind he was always striving to further his Poppas kingdom. And to share it with everyone he came into contact with.

Verse 13: And I heard a voice from Heaven saying to me, Write, Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on. Yes, says the Spirit, they shall rest from their labors, and their works follow them (Rev 14:13)

“I heard a voice from Heaven” signifies another proclamation. John is told to write it down “Write” what he has heard so that others may receive it. “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord” meaning dying to SELF.

“But those belonging to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit” Galatians 5:24-25.

“Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it abides alone; but if it dies (regeneration, transformation) it brings forth much fruit. He who loves his life shall lose it. And he who hates his life in this world shall keep it to life eternal” John 12:24-25.

This is speaking of the emerging new church that “they shall rest from their labors”. This is in direct correlation with the previous verse and having “patience”. For “rest from their labors” means the struggles, trials and temptations of living a life in the world. And the “labors” also means the “works” they have been engaged in. Not works to gain salvation or to make SELF look good. But works to honor and obey Poppa God because they love Him. So again, this is a world away from “Justification by faith alone”. And this is the doctrine of the beast.

This is what the Lord was teaching in John 12:24-25, “if it dies, it brings forth much fruit”. We have to “die” to SELF. This is active participation in our salvation. And this is active participation in our love to our neighbor. Even though we can do nothing through ourselves, we have to tap into the power of the blood and the power of the cross. This is a matter of inner strength and making choices in our mind and our will. For in doing so it brings forth fruit. The power of LOVE and TRUTH is released into our lives. So it is not that we are unable to do anything in our own strength (“by faith alone”), but that we can do those things that Poppa God expects us to do from His holy Word;

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13.

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For a Christian to Think or Read Bible Spiritually

Concept By Leslie Lyons
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The Mystery of Revelation 13:18: “666”

Bible Study Leslie Lyons 08.20.2017

Verse 18: Here is the wisdom. Let him having reason count the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. And its number is six hundred and sixty-six. (Rev 13:18)

The “wisdom” that is being shared here is being revealed from heaven from the Lord Jesus Himself. He that sits upon the throne. That “Let him having reason” means those who have intelligence and understanding. They can see what is going on inside the reformed church. As in the previous verse, it warned about “the number of its name”. Here it instructs the church on earth to “count the number of the beast”. Which is the belief and doctrine the church is putting forth (“name”) So what it is saying here is that the reformed church doctrine of “grace plus faith plus nothing” (“the beast”). Or what is the same that salvation is only obtained by the justification of faith. In that Jesus took all the sins of the world upon Himself on the cross to satisfy the Father and to prevent his anger and wrath toward sinful men and to allow them entrance them into heaven.

Here is a number that has been repeated ad infinitum or seemingly without end is; “its number is six hundred and sixty-six”. The speculation of the meaning has been interpreted in a multitude of fashions. The problem is most are interpreted by the eyes of men who live in the world. With their understanding, they associate the meaning of this verse with only things that can occur in this world. The number six is a multiplication of three. And three means the fullness and completeness of something. For example;

“For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit, and these three are one” 1Jn 5:7.

So “the Father, the Word and the Holy Spirit”, “these three are one”. So the fullness of God is found in these three, but the sum total is only one. One is the absolute base number.

Because of the fabrication, corruption, and misinterpretation of the Word, (or the Bible), the totality of the error is described as “ six hundred and sixty-six”. This mathematical equation is simply saying to us that this belief and doctrine of the reformed church is so out of the orbit of truth.

The fullness of three is doubled and the severity is tripled, or what are the same times three. Which is the fullness (three) of the corruption. And even beyond that times a hundredfold = “six hundred”. And then times ten = “sixty”. And once again the number “six” for a total of 666. I am sure God knows the parameters of the math much more completely than I do. But in summation, I would say this is a very serious breach and injury to the Holy Word of God.

For nothing else is meant in this verse. All we need to do is look at the blueprint of the Tabernacle in the Old Testament. In the room called the “Holy of Holies,” no man could enter except for one day a year, it was so Holy. This room contained a mercy seat over the ark of the covenant. Inside the ark were the two tablets of the Ten Commandments. So sacred is this WORD that it is guarded by two mighty angels. No man can dare enter into such a place. It is as if we could take a spaceship and attempt to fly into the sun. It would only result in total obliteration and destruction. Such is the Holiness found inside the Word or the Bible.

This verse is a serious and grim warning given to this portion of the reformed church. That they not only in error in doctrine but in error in describing the spiritual principles of His kingdom. And thirdly, the clergy is harming others by denying them what are the truths of His kingdom. They are holding the laity and the common people captive for their own selfish pride and ambitions.

And what are the commandments? They are not given to us to appease an angry and vengeful God. They are given to us so that we may share in His abundant LOVE. And when someone denies others this wonderful existence into which every human being was created, then they are breaking all the commandments. For as Jesus taught;

“and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.” This is the first commandment. And the second is like this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these” Mar 12:30-31.

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The Egg and the Shell, The Word in Spiritual and Natural Form

As it may or may not be known, our Bible contains both a natural meaning and a spiritual meaning. For as it says that it is spiritual in the book of Hebrews;

“For the Word of God is living and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing apart of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” Heb 4:12.

But as most readers of the Bible know it is also a guidebook for practical everyday living in this world. As it is said in the book of Proverbs;

“to know wisdom and instruction; to recognize the words of understanding; to receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and uprightness;” Pro 1:2-3.

To illustrate this truth in simple terms, the Bible is like a chicken egg. On the outside of the egg is a hard shell. This is analogous to the Bible or what we shall call the “Word” being read and understood in natural terms. Things we can relate to and understand that exist in our natural world.

The egg shell’s function is to protect the important and precious contents contained within it which are the yolk. The yolk itself may progress into another full grown chicken producing more eggs, or the yolk may be consumed by people for the maintenance, nutrition, and growth of the body.

Although it may seem like one part of the egg has less value than the other, the complete opposite of that is true. The shell is crucial to the function and existence of the egg. Without the shell, the yolk would perish from exposure and would have no value to human beings. On the other hand, if we have just the shell and not the yolk, then the shell is nothing of great importance and is usually discarded. So we can see they are interconnected. One part exists because the other part exists.

Like the natural meaning of the Bible, the yolk of an egg is an important staple of maintenance, nutrition, and growth of the body. And this applies to people of all nations and cultures. The egg yolk is used to produce may forms of nutrition to the body. It can be boiled, fried and baked. It can be added to meat, vegetables, and flours. The end result is a plethora of wonderful foods. In the same token, the natural meaning of the Bible produces an endless stream of spiritual delights that God has given us that will go on into eternity. As God spoke in the book of Isaiah;

“so shall My Word be, which goes out of My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall certainly do what I sent it to do” Isa 55:11.

But in a spiritual sense, the shell of an egg is like a human body. The body can propagate itself into endless numbers of human beings. The body can perform uses or works. Some use rather benign and common some other uses rather complicated and rare. This is wisdom and this is truth. But the human body is different in one respect than an egg shell. It can be used for good purposes and it can be used for bad purposes. Jesus took on a human body to make known practical wisdom and prudent truth for people in this world. He took on the body of a human being and came to this world to serve others. But He plainly taught of a life beyond this world. There it is a spiritual world;

“I have given them Your Word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world” John 17:14.

Jesus spoke to those who are called to enter into that spiritual world. He gave us a spiritual Word (“I have given them”) because He was (“not of the world”). Our Bible is a spiritual hand book. It is the same book that is read by the angels in heaven, or what is called the church in heaven; “Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven” Mat 6:10.

“Jesus answered and said to him, If a man loves Me, he will keep My Word. And My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him” John 14:23.

The natural and historical meaning of the Bible is only a foundation and a platform. From these principles, we are built up into a spiritual dwelling place of our creator God and raised up into eternal life.

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The Natural Meaning of the Word and How it Exposes the Spiritual Meaning as the Angels in Heaven Read It

Bible Study Leslie Lyons 8/6/2017

I was researching the word “bear” in Revelation 13:2, which says;

“And the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and its feet like those of a bear, and its mouth like the mouth of a lion. And the dragon gave him its power and its seat and great authority” Rev 13:2.

While I was looking I came across a Scripture reference to “bear” in II Kings;

“When Elisha went up to Bethel, as he was going up in the way there came forth boys out of the city and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up thou baldhead, go up thou baldhead. And he looked behind him and saw them, and cursed them in the name of Jehovah; and there came forth two she-bears out of the forest, and tare in pieces forty-two boys” (II Kings 2:23, 24).

What is the wisdom to be found in this short story? Or what is the moral of the story?
That children should not be disrespectful to their elders? Perhaps. But could we really imagine a holy prophet of God losing his temper and cursing silly little boys to a cruel death?. Or that two bears could kill forty-two boys before any of them could get away?

There has to be a hidden more spiritual meaning found in these two verses because this thing is just not adding up. If we take the Scripture at face value, the main character in the story is the prophet, Elisha. As a prophet, his main duty is to give revelation, or what is similar a Word of wisdom from Jehovah he has received to give to other people. So looking at the prophet Elisha he is not the source of the wisdom, but he is the vehicle or vessel in which the Wisdom is disclosed and communicated.

Much like a prophet illuminates the minds of others, our printed Word (the Bible) imparts unto us important information in which to live life by. This is a natural worldly wisdom. And in the highest sense, it illustrates the Ten Commandments of God which is the supreme and ultimate document ever written on earth. This WISDOM comes from above and is the blueprint and image of heaven itself.

So if we establish this as a truth, then the real crime of the boys was not insulting the prophet, it was insulting and mocking the Bible or the holiness of the Word itself as this is represented by “Elisha”. This is what in the Word is called “Blasphemy of the Holy Ghost” because it says in the previous verse of Revelation 13:1, “..on its heads was the name of blasphemy”. The boys called the prophet a “baldhead” meaning of course lack of “hair”. On the human body “hair” is the last thing found on the outside of the skin. The hair is even beyond the skin which is a protective cover or container to contain all the vital organs of the body essential to life. Such is the WORD or in our case the Bible. The printed text and words have a natural meaning (the skin) and a spiritual meaning (the inner organs).

Jesus taught that “But even the hairs of your head are all numbered” Mat 10:30. This confirms the truth that “hair” is the external and least significant part of the body spiritually. But regardless, to God, the very “hairs on the head” are still HOLY, because he made it a point to say His LOVE reaches out to the very extremities of our being for they are “all numbered”!. This means even to what appears to be the most distant and least of importance in the WORD is still most HOLY. As Jesus taught “For truly I say to you, Till the heaven and the earth pass away, not one jot or one tittle shall in any way pass from the Law until all is fulfilled” Mat 5:18. So even in the time of Elisha, there was a witness of God called the Word of the Lord. Or as they knew it, the Law of Moses. Elisha was in the process of returning purification to the WORD in the previous two verses: “And he went forth to the spring of the waters and threw the salt in there, and said, So says Jehovah, I have healed these waters. There shall not be any more death or barrenness from there. And the waters were healed to this day, according to the saying of Elisha which he spoke” 2Ki 2:21-22. As we are familiar that “water” symbolizes the WORD.

So why did “two she bears” attack the forty-two boys? Because number “forty” signifies a “wilderness” where the WORD is not found. For it is said, “Then Jesus was led by the Spirit up into the wilderness, to be tempted by the Devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He was afterwards hungry” Mat 4:1-2. Then to this, we added the number “two”. This signifies the two essentials of GOD. Where the WORD is not found, then neither can LOVE and TRUTH.

Since all creatures in Scripture have characteristics found in the natural world, a “bear” symbolizes great strength. But the “feet of a bear” means it is near the earth or ground from where it walks. It is similar to the image of Nebuchadnezzar, feet of clay and iron. We have established that Elisha being attacked for his lack of “hair” means the WORD in the natural sense. And that the “hair” is the greatest distance and most remote meaning of the written WORD. But since a powerful “bear” is bringing justice and silencing the accusers, this tells us even the most remote and seemingly vague part of the written Word is essential to the church. The sense of the letter of the Bible is the foundation upon which the spiritual meaning is revealed. If this foundation is out of plumb as in Amos; “He made me see this: And behold, the Lord was standing by the plumbline-wall, and a plumbline in His hand. And Jehovah said to me, Amos, what do you see? And I said, A plumbline. Then the Lord said, Behold, I will set a plumbline in the midst of My people Israel. I will not again pass by them any more” Amo 7:7-8.

So the two verses in II Kings 2:23-24 bring us directly back to Revelation 13:5 “And a mouth speaking great things was given to it, and blasphemies. And authority was given to it to continue forty-two months” Rev 13:5. Without going into detail here, This reflects the portion of the church which is “forty”, wilderness or lack of TRUTH, and “two” the portion of the church that has the genuine truth. The old institutional reformed church will continue until the time the New Church is ready, and the old remnant will be abolished.

“All Scripture is God-breathed, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,” 2Ti 3:16.

As important as the wisdom of the sense of the letter of the Bible is in forming a firm foundation for our Christian walk on the earth, if that foundation is off center just a little, then the spiritual house that is to be built on it will not stand the test of time or of eternity. For as it written;

“Therefore laying aside all malice and all guile and hypocrisies and envyings, and all evil speakings, desire the sincere milk of the Word, as newborn babes, so that you may grow by it;” 1Pe 2:1. (Natural sense)

“For indeed because of the time, you ought to be teachers, you have need that one teach you again what are the first principles of the oracles of God. And you have become in need of milk, and not of solid food. For everyone partaking of milk is unskillful in the Word of Righteousness, for he is an infant” Heb 5:12-13.
(Spiritual Sense)

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